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Disable "Local Help Documentation" option on first run in Visual Studio 2012?

    Question

  • Can the highlighted option be disabled or set to "None" by default via installation parameter or through some settings file modification? We're deploying VS2012 across a network that will be utilized by low privilege users and we would like to avoid confusion that may come up because of the default setting.

    Thanks.

    Friday, September 28, 2012 3:35 PM

Answers

  • In fact, the option CAN be disabled using the following command BEFORE the first run of Visual Studio 2012:

    On 64 bit machines:

    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\Help /v DisableFirstRunHelpSelection /t reg_dword /d 1


    On 32bit machines:

    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\Help /v DisableFirstRunHelpSelection /t reg_dword /d 1

    All of this is documented here:

    Help Manager Overrides

    Go visit that page.  It has a few other registry tweaks that might be useful to you! 

    The glorious result is here:



    • Proposed as answer by Eric Cote Wednesday, October 03, 2012 11:44 AM
    • Edited by Eric Cote Wednesday, October 03, 2012 12:03 PM Added screenshot
    • Marked as answer by pd892 Thursday, October 04, 2012 1:51 PM
    Wednesday, October 03, 2012 11:42 AM

All replies

  • Hi p4ul567,

    I am sorry that as far as I know there is no approach to customize the "Choose Default Environment Settings" dialog, nor set the value of the "Local Help Documentation" to be "None" via installation parameter. However, I think you can consider submitting one feedback on the Microsoft Connect site here: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/CreateFeedback.aspx

    Thanks.


    Vicky Song [MSFT]
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us

    Monday, October 01, 2012 4:01 AM
  • In fact, the option CAN be disabled using the following command BEFORE the first run of Visual Studio 2012:

    On 64 bit machines:

    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\Help /v DisableFirstRunHelpSelection /t reg_dword /d 1


    On 32bit machines:

    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\Help /v DisableFirstRunHelpSelection /t reg_dword /d 1

    All of this is documented here:

    Help Manager Overrides

    Go visit that page.  It has a few other registry tweaks that might be useful to you! 

    The glorious result is here:



    • Proposed as answer by Eric Cote Wednesday, October 03, 2012 11:44 AM
    • Edited by Eric Cote Wednesday, October 03, 2012 12:03 PM Added screenshot
    • Marked as answer by pd892 Thursday, October 04, 2012 1:51 PM
    Wednesday, October 03, 2012 11:42 AM